Send Hunger Packing(SHuP) is a partnership between the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank and the schools in the West Windsor- Plainsboro Regional School District. While we are a thriving community, we overlook the 175+ children in grades K-6 who qualify for free or reduced price meals. For many of these children, the weekends bring the prospect of empty stomachs and hunger. About 340,000 children are at risk in New Jersey, meaning they may not have had breakfast. SHuP WW-P helped 160 children each week this spring and that number will likely increase next school year.
THERE IS HOPE! The SHuP Program tries to close the gap by providing two easy-to-open, nutritionally balanced morning meals and two healthy lunch/dinners for the weekend. These meals keep children from being hungry allowing them to return to school nourished and ready to learn.
YOU CAN HELP! Please make a donation! Because of working with Mercer Street Friends, a respected local 501c3 food bank, each weekend pack costs only $6; therefore, $200 can feed a child four meals each weekend during the school year.
Sincerely, Melissa Hager
Advisory Board Members Melissa Hager Curtis Johnson Daniel A. Luchansky Daniel C. Luchansky Sherri Andrews Tasneem Sultan Kani Ilangovan Toni-ann Blake
"The Send Hunger Packing mission is one especially close to my heart. I grew up in poverty where hunger was a regular issue and can personally relate to this struggle. I strongly believe that no child in our community should have to go to bed hungry, and if we work together, we can make a difference. Supporting our students' basic needs can help them achieve their broader goals and lift subsequent generations out of the same plight. It's an investment in our community and our young people. I urge you to give generously for this worthwhile cause. Thank you for your support." Sherri Andrews, Founding Advisory Board Member